[lg policy] bibitem: Encyclopedia of Bilingual Education: Language Policy and Social Control

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 5 17:13:19 UTC 2012

Encyclopedia of Bilingual Education: Language Policy and Social Control

Language Policy and Social Control

Language policy refers to official or quasi-official efforts to manage
or regulate the use or form of a language within a community. Language
policy encompasses the range of decisions that people make about
language. The decision to make English the official language of India
offers one example of language policy, and another is a decision for
instruction to be in Tagalog at a local elementary school in the
Philippines. The use of one language rather than others within a
community establishes and maintains the high status of that language
and its speakers, positioning others lower in the hierarchy, and
contributing to the loss or maintenance of a language. Language policy
is directly linked to social control and the privileging of one group
of people over others using language as a vehicle to do so. Though the
loss of a language from the world's linguistic landscape ...

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